Tanker Away UAE Hunted by US over Iran sanctions’hijacked’

Satellite photos showed the boat in Iranian oceans on Tuesday and among its sailors stayed in the Iranian capital.

David Hammond, the CEO of the United Kingdom-based group Human Rights in Sea, said that he chose a witness announcement by the captain of their MT Gulf Sky, confirming that the boat was hijacked.

Hammond explained that 26 of the Indian sailor’s board had left it back to India, while two stayed at Tehran, without elaborating.

“We’re thrilled to hear that the crew are safe and well, that was our basic concern from the beginning,” Hammond told The Associated Press.

Hammond reported he had no other details about the boat.

TankerTrackers.com, a site tracking the petroleum trade at sea, said it watched the boat in satellite photographs on Tuesday in Iranian waters off Hormuz Island. Hormuz Island, close to the port city of Bandar Abbas, is some 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Khorfakkan, a town on the eastern shore of the United Arab Emirates in which the boat was for months.

Iranian state media didn’t instantly report on the boat as well as Iran’s mission to the United Nations didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The boat then took on petroleum from Kharg Island to market overseas, the U.S. government stated.

Court documents allege the strategy included the Quds Force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which will be its elite expeditionary unit, in addition to Iran’s domestic oil and tanker firms. Both men charged, among whom also comes with an undercover passport, remain at large.

“As a U.S. bank froze the capital about the sale of this boat, the vendor never received payment,” the Justice Department said. “As a consequence, the vendor staged a civil action from the UAE to regain the boat.”

This civil action was considered to be pending, raising questions of how the tanker drifted from the Emirates after being captured by police there.

Data in the MT Gulf Sky’s Automatic Identification System tracker reveals it was turned off at about 4:30 a.m. July 5, based on ship-tracking site MarineTraffic.com. Ships should maintain their AIS trackers on, but Iranian vessels regularly turn theirs off to conceal their movements.

It registered a report stating the boat and its sailors were left by its owners since March away Khorfakkan. The ILO didn’t respond to your request for comment.

As tensions between Iran and the U.S. warmed up annually, tankers plying the waters of the Mideast became goals, especially near the key Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf’s narrow mouth during which 20 percent of oil moves. Suspected limpet mine strikes the U.S. blamed Iran targeted many tankers. Iran denied being included, although it did capture several tankers.